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Jamie T's covers project

Singer-songwriter reveals plans to start a new band to play some classics

  • 25/11/2009
  • Georgie Rogers
Jamie T onstage at Reading and Leeds 2009

Following the success of Jamie T’s sophomore album Kings and Queens, which reached No.2 in the UK album chart, the musician has told us of his plans to take a break from writing his own music and take on some covers live, but not on record.

Following in the footsteps of Supergrass’ side-project Hot Rats, Jamie’s told 6 Music of his plans to play some shows with a covers band that consists of his mates.

"I seem to spend a lot of time talking about starting a covers band at the moment, which I’m thinking of doing with a couple of friends.

"We’ve done a lot of music over the past year, we’ve written a lot and I think we are coming to the end of a phase of that I suppose," he said. "Maybe it’s time to stop writing for a bit as strange as that sounds sometimes you need to collect your thoughts a bit before writing so I think a covers band might be fun."

Jamie and Joe

As for who will be in the covers band, the Londoner said: "It’s gonna be my friend Joe singing, me playing the guitar and I don’t know past then. I’m still working on it."

Don’t expect there to be all-star collaborations. "They’re all mates that love music at the moment, just close friends of mine," he admitted. "None of them are in bands themselves at the moment they are just avid fans of music."

"None of them are in bands themselves at the moment they are just avid fans of music."

Jamie T

It’s likely they will join the live scene but as for anything more than that, Jamie was unsure.

"I don’t think we’ll get into the studio," he said. "I think we’re just going to play some shows. I think it’s just more for the sake of having fun and going out and playing it. I don’t think anyone’s got any ideas that big about recording them."

So far Jamie has told his friend to pick 12 songs he wants to sing, then they will rehearse and take it from there.

Restored health

In October, Jamie T faced a set-back and was forced to postpone his UK tour due to laryngitis.

Now his health, and more importantly his voice is restored, his shows have been rescheduled for January and February next year.

He says he is ready to get back out on the road: "I’ve been singing a lot recently and everything seems to be fine now so cross my fingers, I think we’re all good to go.

"The funny thing about laryngitis is you don’t feel ill so I felt fine and ready to go but my vocal chords were mince meat."

The UK tour kicks off on 19 January in Nottingham and wraps up in Dublin on 10 February.

Riding high on the success of his latest instalment, which received four and five star reviews across the board, he said: "I’m just happy all the fans seem to be like it. It’ll be nice to play it to the fans because everyone has been so patient with us.

"I’m frustrated with all the people who brought tickets and all that, I really want to make them good shows you know."
Jamie T released a new EP, The Man's Machine, this week (23 Nov).

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